Aberdeen Harbour: Cruise Ready
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 15:21 by aberdeen
Aberdeen Harbour has enjoyed a surge in cruise visitors over recent years, and enjoyed a record year in 2018, with the port welcoming its highest number of cruise passengers. And looking ahead to 2020, cruise activity in Aberdeen will be transformed with the opening of Aberdeen’s £350 million harbour extension.
Aberdeen South Harbour will be able to accommodate vessels of up to 300m in length, with a maximum beam of 45m and water depths of up to 15 metres. The new facility has been designed so cruise ships can berth alongside, and significant infrastructure upgrades in the region will allow visitors to quickly arrive at their destinations around the city and extensive countryside.
Aberdeen City and Shire is an increasingly popular tourist destination, thanks to its beautiful scenery, incredible heritage and its vibrant culture, not to mention the ever present dolphins!
John McGuigan, Port Operations Manager at Aberdeen Harbour, said: “The results from our 2018 cruise season, and the forward bookings for the 2019 and 2020 seasons reinforce Aberdeen as a growing cruise and tourism destination. With the South Harbour construction project making good progress, it is becoming clear to us that our cruise activity projections for the future will not only be realised but may be exceeded, and we look forward to welcoming the visitors to our wonderful region.”
The warmest of welcomes awaits visitors to Aberdeen where the new, multi-million pound harbour with deepwater, alongside quayside is on track to open in 2022 providing increased capacity for passenger ships. A visit to Aberdeen City & Shire brings together the buzz of the city, the charm of historic towns & villages which nestle between stunning coastal vistas and majestic mountain ranges.
There is lots to see and do with over 62 castles, including Balmoral Castle, Dunnotar and Slains Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula! Tasting notes can be shared during a visit to one of the 14 malt whisky distilleries including the world famous Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Royal Lochnagar distilleries, followed by a round of golf at one of the many superb golf courses including Royal Aberdeen, Trump International or Cruden Bay. Whether your interested in sightseeing, dolphin watching, visiting parks and gardens or enjoying local culture Aberdeen City & Shire has it all and much more!